GSMC News – GOOD SHEPHERD MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZED IN NATIONAL QUALITY STUDY
Among Top 5 Percent in the Nation According to HealthGrades
Good Shepherd Medical Center announced in February 2006 that it has again been named a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™, based on a study released by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company. Good Shepherd is one of only two hospitals in the state of Texas to receive this distinction four years in a row.
Hospitals receiving this award were rated in the top 5 percent in the nation, in terms of mortality and complication rates, for 26 procedures and diagnoses rated by HealthGrades. Patients attending a hospital receiving this award are, on average, 22.02 percent less likely to face mortality, and 10.8 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication.
“Being named a top hospital in one of the largest healthcare studies in America validates everyone at Good Shepherd Medical Center’s commitment to delivering high clinical quality to the residents of Longview and Northeast Texas,” said Jerry D. Adair, Good Shepherd Health System President and CEO. “I am especially proud of the fact that, out of the thousands of hospitals across the country, we are among just 56 to be named Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recipients since HealthGrades first began presenting this award in 2003.”
In addition to today’s overall clinical quality distinction, HealthGrades announced in January that Good Shepherd Medical Center is also ranked among the top hospitals nationally for the following specialties:
- Orthopaedics (HealthGrades 2006 Orthopaedic Care Excellence Award™)
- Treatment of stroke (HealthGrades 2006 Stroke Care Excellence Award™)
- Pulmonary services (HealthGrades 2006 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™)
- Gastrointestinal care (HealthGrades 2006 Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™)
- General surgery (HealthGrades 2006 General Surgery Care Excellence Award™)
Each year, HealthGrades independently analyzes the clinical quality performance of all nonfederal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and diagnoses, ranging from bypass surgery to the treatment of heart attacks. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank in the Top 5 percent when all 26 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score. Only 277 U.S. hospitals qualified for this prestigious award in 2006.
In the Distinguished Hospital Study, which looks at tens of millions of hospitalization records over the years 2002, 2003 and 2004, HealthGrades estimates that if all patients went to Distinguished Hospitals, 152,966 lives could have been saved and 21,896 post-operative complications could have been avoided.
“At Good Shepherd Medical Center, we have a skillful and dedicated team of clinicians and employees,” said Adair. “It is because of their hard work that our patients and their families receive quality healthcare that is among the best in the nation.”
About Good Shepherd Medical Center
Good Shepherd Medical Center is a 412-bed acute care regional referral center providing specialized care in a range of services including cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, urology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation and emergency services. In December 2005, the Texas Department of State Health Services designated Good Shepherd as a Level II Trauma Facility, making Good Shepherd the provider of the highest level of care in Longview.
Since its establishment in 1935 as Gregg Memorial Hospital, Good Shepherd Health System has grown to include not only the Medical Center, but also an ambulatory surgical center, three professional medical buildings and family health centers located throughout the Northeast Texas area. As a not-for-profit Medical Center, Good Shepherd’s commitment to the community is to provide quality healthcare services needed by each and every member of the community.
In 2005, Good Shepherd received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence from TMF Health Quality Institute and theVHA 2005 Leadership Award for clinical excellence in cardiac care.
“Top 100″ awards recognize hospitals who lead the nation in clinical service, quality, operations and financial management. Good Shepherd has been recognized in the following areas:
2003: Top 100 Hospital – Cardiovascular
2001: Top 100 Hospital – ICU
1999: Top 100 Hospital – Overall
1999: Top 100 Hospital – Orthopaedic